The image was obtained using data collected in April 2017 from eight radio telescopes in six locations that essentially create a planet-sized observational dish. AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY
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Using a global network of telescopes to see "the unseeable," an international scientific team Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics -- the first-ever photo of a black hole -- in an achievement that validated a pillar of science put forward by Albert Einstein more than a century ago.The somewhat fuzzy photo of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, or M87, a massive galaxy residing in the center of the relatively nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, shows a glowing ring of red, yellow and white surrounding a dark center.The research was conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope project, an international collaboration involving about 200 scientists from 20 countries begun in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole. The M87 black hole observed by the scientific team resides about 54 million light-years from Earth and boasts an almost-unimaginable mass of 6.5 billion times that of the sun.The existence of black holes was first predicted in 1916 .
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